Deorbit Burn Complete

Space shuttle Atlantis has completed the deorbit burn, setting it on a course to return to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Entry interface, the point at which the shuttle begins entering the Earth's atmosphere, will occur at 5:24:50 a.m. EDT. Peak heating begins at 5:34 a.m., the first roll reversal to slow the spacecraft will take place at 5:41 a.m., and peak heating should end about 5:44 a.m.

Atlantis will head to the northeast across the west coast of Florida near Naples and trigger dual sonic booms as it slows to subsonic speeds at about 5:52 a.m. Commander Chris Ferguson will align Atlantis with Kennedy's northwest to southeast runway 15 and touch down at 5:56:58 a.m.

The STS-135 landing ground track is here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/news/landing.html

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Deorbit Burn Complete

Space shuttle Atlantis has completed the deorbit burn, setting it on a course to return to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Entry interface, the point at which the shuttle begins entering the Earth's atmosphere, will occur at 5:24:50 a.m. EDT. Peak heating begins at 5:34 a.m., the first roll reversal to slow the spacecraft will take place at 5:41 a.m., and peak heating should end about 5:44 a.m.

Atlantis will head to the northeast across the west coast of Florida near Naples and trigger dual sonic booms as it slows to subsonic speeds at about 5:52 a.m. Commander Chris Ferguson will align Atlantis with Kennedy's northwest to southeast runway 15 and touch down at 5:56:58 a.m.

The STS-135 landing ground track is here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/news/landing.html

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Deorbit Burn Complete

Space shuttle Atlantis has completed the deorbit burn, setting it on a course to return to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Entry interface, the point at which the shuttle begins entering the Earth's atmosphere, will occur at 5:24:50 a.m. EDT. Peak heating begins at 5:34 a.m., the first roll reversal to slow the spacecraft will take place at 5:41 a.m., and peak heating should end about 5:44 a.m.

Atlantis will head to the northeast across the west coast of Florida near Naples and trigger dual sonic booms as it slows to subsonic speeds at about 5:52 a.m. Commander Chris Ferguson will align Atlantis with Kennedy's northwest to southeast runway 15 and touch down at 5:56:58 a.m.

The STS-135 landing ground track is here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/news/landing.html

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Atlantis Given “Go” for Deorbit Burn

Mission Control Capcom Barry Wilmore gave space shuttle Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson a "go" for the deorbit burn. The shuttle's two Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) engines will fire at 4:49:04 a.m. EDT for three minutes, 16 seconds and slow Atlantis by 331 feet per second. Landing is expected at 5:56:58 a.m. at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, runway 15.

Weather is observed and forecast "go."

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Atlantis Given “Go” for Deorbit Burn

Mission Control Capcom Barry Wilmore gave space shuttle Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson a "go" for the deorbit burn. The shuttle's two Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) engines will fire at 4:49:04 a.m. EDT for three minutes, 16 seconds and slow Atlantis by 331 feet per second. Landing is expected at 5:56:58 a.m. at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, runway 15.

Weather is observed and forecast "go."

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Atlantis Given “Go” for Deorbit Burn

Mission Control Capcom Barry Wilmore gave space shuttle Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson a "go" for the deorbit burn. The shuttle's two Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) engines will fire at 4:49:04 a.m. EDT for three minutes, 16 seconds and slow Atlantis by 331 feet per second. Landing is expected at 5:56:58 a.m. at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, runway 15.

Weather is observed and forecast "go."

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Atlantis’ Payload Bay Doors are Closed for Landing

Space shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay doors are closed and everything continues to proceed on schedule for this morning’s landing.

Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office Rick Sturckow is flying weather reconnaissance at Kennedy Space Center to provide real-time observations that will aid in the decision to land. Sturckow is reporting “severe clear” skies and no weather concerns. Weather is both observed and forecast “go.”

At 2:19 a.m., Entry Flight Director Tony Ceccacci is expected to give a “go” for Atlantis’ computers to begin running the Ops 3 entry software. At 2:49 a.m. a “go” is expected for crew suit up. The “go” for deorbit burn is expected by 4:29 a.m.

The deorbit burn is scheduled for 4:49:04 a.m. and will lead to a landing at 5:56:58 a.m.

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Atlantis’ Payload Bay Doors are Closed for Landing

Space shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay doors are closed and everything continues to proceed on schedule for this morning’s landing.

Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office Rick Sturckow is flying weather reconnaissance at Kennedy Space Center to provide real-time observations that will aid in the decision to land. Sturckow is reporting “severe clear” skies and no weather concerns. Weather is both observed and forecast “go.”

At 2:19 a.m., Entry Flight Director Tony Ceccacci is expected to give a “go” for Atlantis’ computers to begin running the Ops 3 entry software. At 2:49 a.m. a “go” is expected for crew suit up. The “go” for deorbit burn is expected by 4:29 a.m.

The deorbit burn is scheduled for 4:49:04 a.m. and will lead to a landing at 5:56:58 a.m.

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Atlantis’ Payload Bay Doors are Closed for Landing

Space shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay doors are closed and everything continues to proceed on schedule for this morning’s landing.

Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office Rick Sturckow is flying weather reconnaissance at Kennedy Space Center to provide real-time observations that will aid in the decision to land. Sturckow is reporting “severe clear” skies and no weather concerns. Weather is both observed and forecast “go.”

At 2:19 a.m., Entry Flight Director Tony Ceccacci is expected to give a “go” for Atlantis’ computers to begin running the Ops 3 entry software. At 2:49 a.m. a “go” is expected for crew suit up. The “go” for deorbit burn is expected by 4:29 a.m.

The deorbit burn is scheduled for 4:49:04 a.m. and will lead to a landing at 5:56:58 a.m.

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